RBLPOA Meeting –This Saturday, August 24, 9:30 – 10:30 AM at Children’s Beach

 

RBLPOA Meeting — Everyone Welcome!

Get together with your neighbors.
Discuss the 2020 Preliminary RBL District Budget
Nominations for the RBLPOA 2020 Board election on Sept 14
Update on RBL project to combat invasive Oriental Bittersweet vines — how you can help.

 

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Regatta 2019 – Saturday, July 27, 10:30 am to 5 pm

Regatta 2019 —

This year’s Regatta will be Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 am to 5 pm. There’ll be lots of good old-fashioned fun: balloon popping, watermelon rolling, pie-eating contests — irresistible! And did I mention the fabulous food? Sausage and peppers, burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, and corn fresh off the grill. Yum.

Roaring Brook Lake Regatta –Awesome fun, Fabulous food

Registration will be by wristband for all attendees. Your wristband entitles you to food and beverages all day!

Half price if you purchase in advance! — Must purchase by Thursday, 7/25/19 for discount

Registration is $7 in advance/$14 at the gate.

Wristbands are free for kids age 6 & under.

Click for Schedule


Register here

  • Use the drop down menu for the number of people.
  • Add their names
  • Click “Buy Now”

Number of People
Add names of attendees


FAQs About Regatta Wristbands

  • How do I pay in advance for a wristband?

    • Go to the right of your screen and look for the section labeled Advance Pay for Regatta. 
    • Scroll-down and choose the number of people age 7 and over who you would like to register. 
    • Add the names of the attendees.
    • Then click on the yellow “Buy Now” button. 
    • Last, choose to pay with PayPal or a credit card. PayPal is first, credit cards are below, you may need to scroll down to see the credit card area.

Sorry, advance payments are non-refundable.

  • Why have we changed from cash to wristband for the Regatta?

    • For most families, the wristband will cost less (if you pay in advance)
    • You won’t have to bring cash to the Regatta
    • There will be less food waste. We will have a better idea how much to buy.
    • It will make things easier for the volunteers who are working hard to make it a great day.

  • Can I eat all I want?

Yes! All that great food is included in the price of one wristband.

  • Can I bring my friend food or a drink?

No. Sorry, you can only get food and drinks for yourself. Otherwise, we won’t have enough!

  • Why did the wristband price go up from last year’s $5 to this year’s $7?

RBLPOA dues cover more than half the cost of the Regatta. The last few years the Regatta deficit has been too high to be sustainable. You can help keep the price low:

      • (1) Pay your RBLPOA dues. Dues support social events like the Regatta. Dues also support the RBLPOA’s mission to keep the lake clean and healthy.
      • (2) Don’t bring food to a friend who doesn’t have a wristband –it’s kind to your friend, but it’s unfair to people who have paid and would like to keep the wristband fee reasonable.

  • Why is the wristband so much more expensive at the gate?

    • We hope you will buy in advance. It helps us know how many people are coming.
    • It will save you money and it will be easier for you on the day of the Regatta.
    • We will check you off on the list, give you your wristband and you and your family will be all set for a great day!

  • What if my wristband falls off?

    • It won’t. it’s sturdy and it’s waterproof.
    • Sorry, if your wristband is tampered with or off your wrist we can’t honor it.

  • When is the latest time that I can buy an advance-purchase wristband?

    • You can buy at the advance-purchase discount price, just $7 per person, until Thursday at midnight.
    • The PayPal button will only be available until then.  After Thursday midnight, the button will no longer function and you will no longer be able to buy a discounted wristband.
    • After Thursday, wristbands will still be available for purchase at the gate, but they will be full price, $14 each.

  •  I only want a hot dog. Can I buy it separately?

    • Sorry, you will need a wristband to get food or drink of any kind.
    • Plan ahead and buy your wristband on line.
    • Support the lake. Help decrease food waste.

 

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FAQs about the wristband payment for the Regatta


FAQs

  • How do I pay in advance for a wristband?
  • Go to the right of your screen and look for the section labeled Advance Pay for Regatta. 
  • Scroll-down and choose the number of people age 7 and over who you would like to register. 
  • Add the names of the attendees.
  • Then click on the yellow “Buy Now” button. 
  • Last, choose to pay with PayPal or a credit card. PayPal is first, credit cards are below, you may need to scroll down to see the credit card area.

Sorry, advance payments are non-refundable.

  • Why have we changed from cash to wristband for the Regatta?
  • For most families, the wristband will cost less (if you pay in advance)
  • You won’t have to bring cash to the Regatta
  • There will be less food waste. We will have a better idea how much to buy.
  • It will make things easier for the volunteers who are working hard to make it a great day.
  • Can I eat all I want?

Yes! All that great food is included in the price of one wristband.

  • Can I bring my friend food or a drink?

No. Sorry, you can only get food and drinks for yourself. Otherwise, we won’t have enough!

  • Why did the wristband price go up from last year’s $5 to this year’s $7?
  • RBLPOA dues cover more than half the cost of the Regatta. The last few years the Regatta deficit has been too high to be sustainable. You can help keep the price at $7.
  • (1) Pay your RBLPOA dues. Dues support the RBLPOA’s mission to keep the lake clean and healthy as well as great social events like the Regatta.
  • (2) Don’t bring food to a friend who doesn’t have a wristband –it’s kind to your friend, but it’s unfair to people who have paid and would like to keep the wristband fee reasonable.
  • Why is the wristband so much more expensive at the gate?
  • We hope you will buy in advance. We would like to know how many people are coming.
  • It will save you money and it will be easier for you on the day of the Regatta.
  • We will check you off on the list, give you your wristband and you and your family will be all set for a great day!
  • What if my wristband falls off?
  • It won’t. it’s sturdy and it’s waterproof.
  • Sorry, if your wristband is tampered with or off your wrist we can’t honor it.
  • When is the latest time that I can buy an advance-purchase wristband?
  • You can buy at the advance-purchase discount price, just $7 per person, until Thursday at midnight.
  • The PayPal button will only be available until then.  After Thursday midnight, the button will no longer function and you will no longer be able to buy a discounted wristband.
  • After Thursday, wristbands will still be available for purchase at the gate, but they will be full price, $14 each.
  •  I only want a hot dog. Can I buy it separately?
  • Sorry, you will need a wristband to get food or drink of any kind.
  • Plan ahead and buy your wristband on line.
  • Save money. Help decrease food waste.
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Regatta

Sandcastle moment
Racing kayaks
Splash!
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Regatta 2019 Schedule

Schedule

Event Age Time Slot
Bike Race <6, 7-9, 10-13, >14 10:30
Peg hunt up to 6 11:00
Balloon Pop up to 6 11:00
Nail Driving <6, 7-10, 11-14 11:15
3 leg race 10-16, >16 11:45
Entertainment All 12:00
Pie Eating <6, 7-9, 10-13, >14 1:15
Swimming Race <6, 7-9, 10-14, >15 1:30
Greased Watermelon 10-15, >16 2:30
Kayak Race 10 and up 3:00
Canoe Race 10 and up 3:00
Paddle Board Race 10 and up 3:00
Egg Toss 10-15, >16 4:15
Land Tug of War 10-15, >16 4:30
Award Ceremony All 5:00
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Links to boat and car sticker request forms

Click HERE for boat stickers

Click HERE for car stickers

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Video of Lake Manager Presentation June 8, 2019 — A. J. Reyes

Click HERE to watch the video

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Meet Our New Lake Manager, A. J. Reyes, June 8 at 10 am

 

All Users

“State of the Lake”

June 8, 2019

10:00 AM,  Town Hall, 265 Oscawana Lake Rd.

with Supervisor Sam Oliverio

and Lake Manager, Alejandro (A. J.) Reyes

Alejandro (“A. J.”) Reyes grew up fishing and swimming in the lakes of Putnam Valley. After obtaining his BS in ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh (2008) and his Master’s degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta  (2016), he worked on lakes all over the US —lakes in places as different as Montana, Alaska, Nevada, and North Carolina. He has hands-on experience managing difficult lake problems, including quagga mussels in the Hoover Dam, invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, and hydrilla in North Carolina.

Last year, AJ took a job with Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR), headed up by RBL’s 1990 lake manager, Dr. George Knocklein.  NEAR manages other local lakes, including Lake Oscawana and Lake Tibet, who have been very happy with NEAR’s care. A. J. has come back to the lakes of his childhood.

A.J. has a holistic view of lake management. He believes that sustainability is the key to a balance between preservation and human enjoyment. He is a hands-on manager. He likes to be on the lake and to see things for himself. He also plans to be more of a presence on the lake – it’s no big deal for him to head over to RBL if there’s an unusual finding or a situation that needs monitoring. He wants to get to know the RBL community as well.   If you see him in his boat, say hi!

To see the VIDEO of A.J.’s presentation, click here.

Why are we making a change?

We are happy with the studies that Princeton Hydro did from 2016 to 2018. However, the company is going through some changes. They had changed RBL lake managers once and they were about to assign a third lake manager for us.  It was time for a change!

We feel lucky that A. J. moved to Putnam Valley at just this time.  He will be able to pick up where Princeton Hydro left off, making use of the studies that we have done. We think, though, that he’ll be more personally invested and more interested in the future of Roaring Brook Lake.

Why do we need a lake manager, anyway?

Left on its own, a lake will follow a steady path of filling in (scientists call it eutrophication). First, it will become a wetland and eventually, a forest. Generally, human disturbance makes the process go faster. Human habitation –houses, septic systems, lawns and driveways — allow more sediment and more nutrients (nutrient pollution) to make their way into the lake.  These human processes work together to speed up the process of filling in the lake.  For example, our recent studies show that, in the deepest part of Roaring Brook Lake, 3 feet of sediment has already accumulated.  We also know that the expected life of a septic system is 30 to 40 years. Many of the septic systems on the lake have outlived their time.

I speak for all of us in saying that the number of beach closings that we have had for toxic algae in the last 2 years is not acceptable. It is true that the toxic algae could just disappear on its own. But, it just makes sense to not count on that, and to be as careful and preventative as we can be.

A lake management plan is our attempt to slow eutrophication down. We want to be good stewards for our lake. We want to address the problems of today and, also, think about the future. Ideally, we would like to leave the lake in better shape than we came to it. We hope to preserve this tiny spot of calm and beauty for our children and grandchildren.

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